To make a chalkboard with a finished size of 14×10.5 inches, you will need:
– chalk cloth cut to 12×10.5″
– a heavier fabric cut in these sizes:14.5×10.5″ (backing), 4×4.5″ (pocket), and 4×10.5″ (side piece)
– coordinating bias tape
– sewing machine with a zig zag stitch
– optional: ribbon or elastic to hold it closed
Hem under one of the short edges of the pocket.
With right sides together, layer the pocket on the edge of the chalkcloth with raw edges together. Layer the side piece on top (wth the right side facing the chalk cloth. Sew together with a 1/2 inch seam.
Flip so the the chalkboard is back to back and topstitch the edge. Reinforce the leading edge of the pocket.
Cut the end of the bias tape in a triangle and fold over. Sew along the chalkcloth and backing, catching both layers with a wide zig zag stitch. Go slow and make sure the edge of the zig zag almost touches the open edge of the bias tape.
Chrissy Leiberan-Titus writes for Muse of the Morning.com